As you have probably heard by now, we lost someone very special to KWTS this week. Dr. Leigh Browning became the faculty adviser for KWTS when she joined the WTAMU faculty in 1991. She spent 19 years in this position making ground breaking changes to the station and WT Broadcasting. We wouldn’t be who we are today without her. You can find photo albums and pictures around the station of her doing what she loved most, changing the lives of her students. Over the past couple of days, we have heard stories of her from her students, friends and colleagues. Last night at a candlelight vigil, one person said, “It’s amazing that she impacted so many lives, because she made us feel like we were the only person on Earth.”
KWTS paid tribute to her on Tuesday with a special message and moment of silence. Here is a portion of that special message.
“She shaped the lives of countless individuals that made their way through this station, the WT Broadcasting program, and every class she instructed. This was apparent in the outpouring of love and loss in the moments after the news of her passing. Many have called her a mentor, leader and most importantly, a friend. She shared her expertise in all things media with her students in only a way that Dr. Browning knew how. She pushed students to their limits, knowing that those limits would lead to success. She encouraged students to pursue their passion and helped them through the moments when that pursuit seemed impossible. She never doubted the goals that students set for themselves and built them up so that those high goals would be no match for them. All she could do was grin as her students walked across that stage to receive their diploma, because in her mind and in her heart she knew that despite the ups and downs of the journey it took to get to that moment, nothing would be able to stand in their way as they entered the next chapter of their lives. Her knowledge, enthusiasm, excellence and love will live on in those so lucky enough to have known her. There is no doubt that West Texas A&M University is a better place because of her. All of us here at KWTS send our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Browning. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.”
Afterwards we played a couple of Michael Jackson songs, because she loved him so much. We have also had a moment of silence at 9:11 a.m. the rest of the week.
It will be hard to say goodbye, but like we said, she will live on in us. She would want us to continue on doing unbelievable things.
Her memorial services will be on Saturday, April 25 at 2 p.m. in WTAMU’s Legacy Hall.